I wanted to post about this yarn I spun a few days ago but as I was knitting a swatch I forgot about the blogpost. It’s a shame actually because now I’m going to have to cram it all in one wee post. Ahh well.. such is life.
So I finished a quarter of this little project.
It’s a quarter (118 grams) of the merino/ silk blend and it measures 605m. To be quite honest I’m really happy with the way it turned out! When I started spinning I wanted to be able to recreate malabrigo sock yarn. I was, and still am, a poor student and my budget for yarn and stuff is really really tight. It’s not that I can’t buy any yarn, it’s just that I can spend the same money on fleece and roving and end up with 10x more yarn than I could’ve bought in the store. It only takes a bit more time.
The reason I’m extremely happy with the results is also due to the fact that I actually managed to handcard these colors to make this blend. It turned out exactly the way I hoped it would! Complete blending without too much striping. There’s a yellowish part I’m intending to use for some other project so I don’t end up with a yellow stripe in my cardigan.
I’m planning to use this yarn to knit another Tangled Yoke Cardigan for myself. This time I’m going knit the cardigan in a different manner. I like the garment but I disliked the way the pattern was written, so I’ll use the pattern as a sort of guideline but I’ll use my own measurements and my own gauge.
I actually knit a swatch this time. I’m really not so big on swatch-knitting but I felt I needed to get to know the yarn before I could take on such a huge knit (for 3.0mm needles..) The yarn knits great and it doesn’t split, as it turns out it’s also great for ripping.
It was the first time I spun anything with silk in it and I have to say I aboslutely love the stickiness it brings to the blend. The silk allows for a very thin single because it holds on to itself very well 😀 I’m already looking forward to spinning the rest!
Another first time is the stranded mittens I’ve been working on.
When I started working on these I feared I’d run out of handspun first, but as it turns out I’ll probably run out of alpaca first and I’ll have to order some in the near future!
I wanted a really tight and thick fabric because the winds around these parts can be a total pain in the winter. So instead of a 2.5mm I used a 2.0mm needle. I know a good wash will help the fabric to become a bit more flexible than it is right now but it was a total pain to knit 😛 I used a magic loop for this knit because I was afraid I’d create some horrible ladders in the knit, but the magic loop was actually horrible and was trying to sabotage my knitting! I don’t like magic loop… I’ll try normal dpns for the next mitt.
So the new house feels a bit colder than the old house. One of the reasons is this..
It’s too cold to actually go outside, but it’s too boring inside to not want to do this.. So needless to say the floor, stone or tiles whatever, get’s awfully cold and tho I like to wear slippers they’re just not all that great.
I used to wear a socks a lot when I was younger but after a while the ‘wet’ feeling of nylon socks just started to bug me. I was shocked when I had knit my first (actual wool) sock and realized that the superthin fabric made such a hot hot sock! Last winter was the fist winter the BF and I both had really toasty feet in the middle of a snowstorm. Socks are good!
So I decided I needed more handknit socks and started on the gaudi socks! I started on friday afternoon and by the time I went to sleep I had gotten this far.
I misread the instructions for the heel and for a few rows I actually thought I had to *sl 1, k1* and then the next round *sl1, p1* and I ended up with the thickest fabric I’ve ever gotten with knitting. I figured it was crazy and reread after a few rows to see I had misread and I could start the heel over and knit it the way I always knit heels. Good times were had.
It’s the first time I’ve used drops delight but so far I’m really pleased. I don’t think this yarn should be used for sockyarn in projects other than stranded knitting because it looks and feels a bit frail, but I might be wrong. So far I’m loving it and I’m looking forward to wearing these nice socks 😀